If you are concerned about what chemicals are hiding in commercial laundry detergents, you can make your own. Four simple ingredients are all it takes. And depending on your previous detergent, you can save about 30 cents per load of laundry.
Time Required: 15 minutes
- Using a regular cheese grater, grate a bar of pure soap - Ivory, Kirk's Castile or Fels Naptha soaps. One 5.5 ounce bar will make about one cup of flakes.
- In a large, resealable container, combine 1 cup soap flakes, 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup washing soda (sodium carbonate) and 1/2 cup borax. Washing soda is caustic to the skin and you should wear rubber gloves.
- Mix ingredients well. Keep dry. Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load of laundry in a top load washer. Use only 2 tablespoons in a front-load washer.
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- Washing Soda is manufactured by Arm & Hammer - Church and Dwight. If you can't find it locally, visit their Web site or call 800-524-1328 for where to purchase.
What You Need
- Bar of Soap or Soap Flakes
- Baking Soda
- Washing Soda - sodium carbonate
- Measuring Cup
- Resealable Container